Pierre Vogel

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Pierre Vogel
Pierre Vogel Koblenz 2011 (cropped).jpg
Real name Pierre Vogel
Height 6 ft. 0 in. (183 cm)
Nationality Germany German[1]
Born (1978-07-20) July 20, 1978 (age 36)
Frechen, West Germany
Stance ?
Boxing record
Total fights 7[clarification needed]
Wins 6
Wins by KO 2
Losses 0
Draws 1

Pierre Vogel (born July 20, 1978 in Frechen), also known as Abu Hamza[2] (Arabic: أبو حمزة‎) is a German Islamic preacher and a former professional boxer.


Pierre Vogel (on the right) and Bilal Philips speaking at a rally in Frankfurt, April 2011

Vogel converted to Islam in 2001 and shortly thereafter began courses in Islamic studies in Germany, and then studied in Medina.[3][4]

Boxing career[edit]

He turned professional at the age of 22, fighting briefly (for two years) as a cruiserweight for the Sauerland club and was undefeated in seven bouts.[5]

Private life[edit]

Vogel is married to a Muslim Moroccan woman and is father of three children.[6]

Media perception[edit]

He has been described in one German report as a "radical Muslim",[7] while Matthias Matussek, author and commentator for Spiegel Online, described him as representative of the "dark Nazi variant" of Islam in Germany.[8]

When he appeared at a Muslim meeting in Ferihegy[when?], he said that polygamy is legitimate due to the fact that there are more women than men in Germany.[9]


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